Rep. Goodman Announces House's Approval Of Reforms To State's Energy Requirements
Pro-business bill encourages economic growth, free-market system

COLUMBUS—State Representative Wes Goodman (R-Cardington) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives has passed legislation to end the renewable energy mandates that restrict market choices and drive energy costs up for Ohio families and businesses.

House Bill 114, sponsored by Representative Bill Blessing (R-Colerain) reflects some of the recommendations made in a report issued by the Energy Mandates Study Committee in 2015. The bill reforms Ohio’s law on renewable energy to remove mandates, and instead put consumers and an open energy market back in the driver’s seat.

“Any attempt by government to prefer one industry or type of energy to another distorts the market and ultimately leads to higher costs for families and businesses,” said Goodman. “We should let consumer demand drive the market, not legislators in Columbus. Competition drives down prices for businesses and consumers and increases innovation. That is why I am proud to support House Bill 114.”

Ohio has an exciting and vibrant energy economy, including many renewable energy sources, that through continued innovation and development will continue to benefit all Ohioans and move our state forward. It is the job of the legislature to ensure a level playing field for Ohio's energy economy, not to pick winners and losers from Columbus.

Many companies are already beginning to shift to renewable energy sources, regardless of whether mandates are in place. Therefore, House Bill 114 frees up energy markets, making it possible to achieve a positive outcome without enforcing government mandates that often prove detrimental to Ohio’s economic interests.

Among other provisions included in the legislation, House Bill 114 would allow customers and businesses to opt out of renewable energy goals without facing penalties for not meeting benchmarks on the purchase of renewable energy.

House Bill 114, which passed with bipartisan support, now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.

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